Laura Flores Shaw loves writing and speaking about societal issues through the lens of the psychological and neuroscience research literature. She is fascinated by crazy, inconsistent human behavior, including her own. She aims to provide information about what we know right now (but that which is likely to change tomorrow), hold a mirror up to society so that we can all chuckle at ourselves, and get us all talking about what is real. Her successes thus far include angering the entire mommy blogosphere, getting her talk at an international education conference branded as “controversial,” choosing not to be a practicing therapist despite spending thousands of hours on that degree, turning around a failing Montessori school, raising two kids born 17 months apart, staying happily married, and working on yet another degree.
For the past several years, Laura has presented to educators and parents in the US, the Netherlands, and Australia on a variety of subjects, including organizational behavior, brain development, and Montessori education. She has helped hundreds of parents with sleep, learning, and social and emotional development issues, as well as child behaviors that appear perplexing (and possibly even annoying). She is currently writing a book entitled Calm The F@ck Down, to help herself and other parents do just that. Laura believes that all parents should be empowered with accessible knowledge about research on child development rather than with just societal opinions or, worse, misinterpreted research propagated to sell parenting books. This is why she provides converging lines of evidence in her book and also encourages readers to be skeptical. You don’t have to believe her, but she still hopes you buy and read her book.
Recently, Laura founded White Paper Press, a think tank specializing in translating scientific research into terms that allows people to make informed decisions about their lives. Its first publication, The Montessori White Papers, seeks to challenge the traditional concept of school.
Laura has bachelors and masters degrees in psychology and is currently working towards a doctorate in education, with a specialization in mind, brain, and teaching, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She remains in awe of how much she doesn’t know, despite sometimes acting like a know-it-all.